Musical Houses – Moving Isn’t Fun

21 Aug

I just want to begin with a small apology.  I did not mean to let so much time go by after my last post.  I don’t believe in excuses but let me just say, this last week has been nuts.  Between my summer classes finishing up and moving to a new apartment, I feel like I haven’t had time to breathe.  Sorry.  I am planning on posting about twice a week from now on but we shall see.  I might post more often depending on my schedule once fall classes start up.

So, about this moving business.  In Madison, WI there is one day a year when everyone moves out of their apartment and on the following day everyone moves into their new apartment.  It’s kind of like musical chairs.  The biggest difference is that there isn’t any music and being homeless for a night is a lot worse than being chair-less for a few seconds.

A huge suggestion I have to you, especially if you are a college student, is choose your living situation very carefully.  First of all make sure you know who you are planning on living with well.  Find out about sleeping, eating, and studying habits and definitely cleaning habits.  If you can discreetly ask their current roommates what they are like to live with, that would be best.  I can tell you all kinds of horror stories.  Multiple of my previous roommates simply didn’t clean, ever.  And one of my previous roommates talked to an imaginary person ( I asked her once what she was doing and she responded  with we’re doing the dishes.  No one else was there.)

The other thing to be sure of is that the place you are moving into isn’t falling apart and is reasonably priced.  Do research on the management company of the building and check out other rent prices in the area and check online to find out about the heating and electric bills from previous years of the place you’re looking at.  If you’re from the Madison area of Wisconsin you can check this at mge.com. When you walk through the place be sure to check out all appliances, doors, and ceilings and don’t be afraid to ask if something can be replaced before you move in and the policy on painting and hanging pictures.

My point is that by doing this you will be more likely to be happy and not move into a new place every year.  It’s exhausting and while moving in can be fun moving out just sucks.  I can’t say that moving in is all that fun either, actually…

Anyway, I love Target.  I could spend hours in there.  I had to get the usual items when moving in, so I dragged the boyfriend to Target.  Shower curtains and cleaning products.  As I stated in a previous post Target carries my favorite green cleaning agents by Seventh Generation and I also managed to find some PEVA shower curtains there.  This is important because the usual vinyl ones off-gas toxins that are unhealthy.  PEVA is biodegradable and doesn’t contain PVC or chlorine.  They range in price from $7.99 to $29.99.  They can also be found at most other similar stores such as Walmart, Kohl’s, Kmart, and Sears, as well as on Amazon.com.

I’ll keep you updated on how the new place is coming along.  I’m planning on painting this week hopefully.  Some before and after pictures might be in store!

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